- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH
Travels to the Midwest to discuss Medicare reform.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
9 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.
3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Service releases the weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
10 a.m. Commodity Credit Corporation holds a public hearing to receive comments on new entrants' 2003 crop cane sugar marketing allotment. Location: Agriculture Department, South Building, Jefferson Auditorium, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-4146.
10 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of its National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology Notification of Public Advisory Committee to review and discuss the Compliance Assistance Advisory Committee's comments on EPA's Draft 2003-2008 Strategic Plan Architecture. Location: EPA, 655 15th St. NW, Suite 800. Contact: 202/233-0079.
1 p.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting via satellite downlink to discuss implementation of proposed regulations in Title III of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. Location: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Auditorium, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Contact: 301/436-2130.
1 p.m. National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a meeting of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. Topics include: highlights from centennial kickoff events; Web site demonstration; Aerospace Industries Association National Model Rocket Competition. Location: NASA, 300 E St. SW, Room 5H46. Contact: 202/358-1903.

SUPREME COURT
No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE
In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Appropriations Labor, HHS, and Education subcommittee holds a hearing on the implementation of the smallpox vaccination plan. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing to examine the state of the economy. David Malpass, chief global economist, Bear Stearns & Co.; Michael Baroody, executive vice president, National Association of Manufacturers; Gene Sperling, national economic adviser to President Clinton, testify. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

HOUSE
Meets at noon for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the Congressional Budget Office's budget and economic outlook for fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2013. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.
1 p.m. Energy and Commerce Committee holds a markup of the Automatic Defibrillation in Adam's Memory Act; the Organ Donation Improvement Act; the Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act; the Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Prevention Act. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA
Reconstructing Afghanistan all day … George Washington University Law School and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom hold a forum on "Reconstructing Afghanistan: Freedom in Crisis."
Highlights 9:30 a.m. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican.
Location: Two locations, George Washington University Law School, Media Center, Set of CNN's "Crossfire," 805 21st St. NW and GWU, the Jacobs Burns Moot Courtroom, 2000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/523-3240, Ext. 26.
A Pledge to America's Child 9 a.m. National Commission on Teaching and America's Future holds a news conference on "No Dream Denied: A Pledge to America's Child." Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 734/572-8807.
Head Start 9 a.m. Congress and National Head Start Association hold a NHSA hearing and rally to support the reauthorization of Head Start, the early childhood development program that serves low-income children and their families. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/518-8047.
U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement 10 a.m. U.S.-Chile Free Trade Coalition holds a news conference to start its campaign to gain congressional approval of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, chairman, Finance Committee, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4515.
"Dealing with North Korea" 10 a.m. National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program hosts a news conference to discuss "Dealing with North Korea." Keun Park, former United Nations ambassador to South Korea; Don Oberdorfer, former diplomatic correspondent, Washington Post and Jerry Leach, president, World Affairs Councils of America, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Zenger Room. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540.
The Back to Work Act 11:15 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to reveal legislation, The Back to Work Act, which calls for personal re-employment accounts of $3,000 to help unemployed Americans who are struggling to return to work. Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
Women's Peace Building Corps 11:30 a.m. The Global Peace Initiative of Women, Religious and Spiritual Leaders holds a news briefing to announce the creation of a "Women's Peace Building Corps," which calls for increased participation of women from all sectors, regions and religions to declare a commitment to find alternatives to war at this crucial time.
Highlights 7:30 a.m. Prayers and mediations
Location: Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 212/593-6353.
Social Security reform 11:45 a.m. Congress holds a news conference on the need to reform Social Security as quickly as possible and the consequences of delay. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican; Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican; Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican; Rep. Charles W. Stenholm, Texas Democrat, and Rep. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, participate. Location: House Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2542.
Post-communist societies noon Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion on "Comparative Development of Post-Communist Societies." Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, fifth floor conference room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-414.


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